Joe Wertz http://kosu.org en Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped by Osage County http://kosu.org/post/why-oklahoma-s-wind-energy-future-could-be-shaped-osage-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma is moving up the national ranks in wind-generated electricity. But as wind farms expand into northeastern Oklahoma, developers are facing a team of unlikely allies: Oil interests and environmentalists. But as </span>StateImpact’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe </span>Wertz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, the wind farm fight in Osage County could affect the whole state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The males are rowdy, the females are frisky. It’s bison breeding season in Oklahoma. This is the time when horns lock and fur flies.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:47:28 +0000 Joe Wertz 5461 at http://kosu.org Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped by Osage County High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests http://kosu.org/post/high-rate-disposal-wells-could-have-triggered-oklahoma-earthquakes-new-study-suggests <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">This year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:19:57 +0000 Joe Wertz 4579 at http://kosu.org High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests StateImpact: After Earthquakes, Oklahomans Call for Accountability, Oil and Gas Regulation http://kosu.org/post/stateimpact-after-earthquakes-oklahomans-call-accountability-oil-and-gas-regulation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Oklahoma has been rattled by a surge of earthquakes, which many scientists say is likely linked to oil and gas drilling. On Thursday night, residents packed a contentious town hall meeting to demand answers from public officials. Joe Wertz from StateImpact Oklahoma reports.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:54:43 +0000 Joe Wertz 4305 at http://kosu.org StateImpact: After Earthquakes, Oklahomans Call for Accountability, Oil and Gas Regulation Legal Challenge to New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions http://kosu.org/post/legal-challenge-new-drilling-incentive-could-raise-big-constitutional-questions <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">A controversial bill setting the effective tax rate on new oil and gas wells was one of the capstones of the 2014 legislative session.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:44:54 +0000 Joe Wertz 3315 at http://kosu.org Legal Challenge to New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst http://kosu.org/post/oklahomas-extreme-drought-has-wheat-farmers-bracing-worst Rainfall totals in southwest Oklahoma are more than 3 inches below normal. And that means that the wheat crop grown in brothers Fred and Wayne Schmedt's farm is several inches shorter than normal as well.<p>Laughter is key to surviving as a farmer here. Fred Schmedt looks out on his field, then down at his legs and laughs at how short the wheat stalks are.<p>"What would you call that, high-shoe-top high?" he says. "In a normal year — a really good year — it'd be thigh-high. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 3075 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst StateImpact on OETA: Possible Lawsuit Over Recently Signed Drilling Incentive http://kosu.org/post/stateimpact-oeta-possible-lawsuit-over-recently-signed-drilling-incentive <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="325" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/POX0hQwLf98" width="578"></iframe></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:46:23 +0000 Joe Wertz 3165 at http://kosu.org Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Controversial Tax Incentive for New Oil and Gas Wells http://kosu.org/post/gov-mary-fallin-signs-controversial-tax-incentive-new-oil-and-gas-wells <p>Gov<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:34:05 +0000 Joe Wertz 3001 at http://kosu.org Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Controversial Tax Incentive for New Oil and Gas Wells Oklahoma’s Drought-Withered Wheat Harvest Could Have National Effects http://kosu.org/post/oklahoma-s-drought-withered-wheat-harvest-could-have-national-effects <p></p><div>Four years of extreme drought has withered the agricultural economies of southern Great Plains states like Oklahoma, where farmers are bracing for one of the worst wheat crops in state history.<p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Oklahoma’s withered wheat harvest could have national consequences.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:08:14 +0000 Joe Wertz 2725 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma’s Drought-Withered Wheat Harvest Could Have National Effects Drought and Passive Landowners Add Fuel to Oklahoma’s Burning Red Cedar Problem http://kosu.org/post/drought-and-passive-landowners-add-fuel-oklahoma-s-burning-red-cedar-problem <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">The eastern red cedar tree causes allergies, crowds out other species, guzzles water, and fuels Oklahoma’s most devastating wildfires, including one near Guthrie last week. And lengthy drought has intensified the problem. But as StateImpact’s Logan Layden reports, eliminating the tree is complicated by the passive attitude of many landowners, and a state forestry service with little authority.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 11:44:37 +0000 Joe Wertz & Logan Layden 2337 at http://kosu.org Drought and Passive Landowners Add Fuel to Oklahoma’s Burning Red Cedar Problem Federal Report Says Climate Change is Affecting the U.S. Environmentally and Economically http://kosu.org/post/federal-report-says-climate-change-affecting-us-environmentally-and-economically <p></p><p>A federal report released this week bluntly warns that climate change is already having an environmental and economic affect in every region of the United States. As StateImpact’s Joe Wertz reports, the magnitude of the effects is expected to increase in Oklahoma.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:16:49 +0000 Joe Wertz 2065 at http://kosu.org Federal Report Says Climate Change is Affecting the U.S. Environmentally and Economically